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A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development

Abstract

A product line is a set of related systems that address a market segment. Building a product line out of a common set of core assets, as opposed to building each member system separately, epitomizes reuse. Although software technology is key to achieving a product line capability, organizational and process considerations are just as crucial. This report describes the experience of one company, CelsiusTech Systems AB of Sweden, that builds large, complex, embedded, real-time shipboard command-and-control systems as a product line, developed in common from a base set of core software and organizational assets. The report describes the changes that CelsiusTech had to make to its software, organizational, and process structures to redirect the company toward a product line approach that yielded substantial economic and marketplace benefits to the company.

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Brownsword, Lisa; & Clements, Paul. A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development (CMU/SEI-96-TR-016 ). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12587

IEEE

Brownsword. Lisa, and Clements. Paul, "A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-016 , 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12587

APA

Brownsword, Lisa., & Clements, Paul. (1996). A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development (CMU/SEI-96-TR-016 ). Retrieved August 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12587

CHI

Lisa Brownsword, & Paul Clements. A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development (CMU/SEI-96-TR-016 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12587

MLA

Brownsword, Lisa., & Clements, Paul. 1996. A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-016 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12587